Arts & Sciences is often called the "heart" of Washington University because it plays such a central role in the institution's overall success. Without a thriving Arts & Sciences, the University as a whole will not prosper. Planning for the University's future, therefore, must incorporate the health and growth of Arts & Sciences.
Building on Excellence is our current strategic plan, available in an online version here.
The Faculty of Arts & Sciences recently undertook a benchmarking study at the request of the Chancellor. This study, titled A Strategy for Excellence in the Sciences, is the culmination of a two-year planning effort in Arts & Sciences. The focus of the benchmarking study is a comparative analysis of the critical mass of research activity and infrastructure support in six interdisciplinary scientific fields where Washington University currently excels or could excel in the next ten years.